New Ensemble Comedy Represents a Shift in Gender Focus for Showtime

Aug 24, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Showtime is putting the finishing touches on a deal to develop a new ensemble comedy that will represent a shift in the pay-cable network’s gender focus, Deadline.com reports.

“After adding testosterone to its schedule under new entertainment president David Nevins with series ‘Homeland,’ ‘House of Lies’ and ‘Ray Donovan,’ Showtime is returning to the female-centered comedy brand of ‘Weeds,’ ‘United States of Tara,’ ‘Nurse Jackie’ and ‘The Big C,’” the story reports.

The channel is close to adding “Guide to Divorce” — a half-hour sitcom from Marti Noxon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) — to its development slate.

The report notes: “’Guide to Divorce,’ which sounds like ‘Sex And The City 2.0,’ is about the relief, the emotional minefield, the freedom, the familial complications and the sexual exploration that all come with divorce after a long-term relationship, told from the perspective of four women in their 40s. In addition to writing, Noxon will executive produce the project with columnist Vicki Iovine, author of ‘The Girlfriends’ Guides’ series of books, who has been writing about her life following the divorce from music mogul Jimmy Iovine after 24 years of marriage.”

Also involved in the production are Dawn Olmstead and Meryl Poster.

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